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West Ham United 0-2 Liverpool: Routine win sends Reds 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah has now scored 66 goals in the Premier League since he arrived at Liverpool in 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn't feel as "though anything is done" despite his side reaching 70 points before the end of January and moving 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah's first-half penalty and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's second-half effort delivered a 23rd victory in 24 matches for the Reds at West Ham.

And their 15th consecutive win also maintained the relentless march towards a first top-flight title since 1990.

However, while Liverpool, who are now unbeaten in 41 league games and could go on to reach several top-flight milestones, Klopp played down their significance.

"I'm only happy about the three points," he said. "Tonight was a normal performance. I have no idea [if anyone will catch us]. The first target is to get the maximum points - there are still a lot of games.

"Yes we have 70 points, an incredible number, but so many things can happen. I'm not too much concerned about records.

"We had a record at [Borussia] Dortmund and Bayern [Munich] beat it the next season. We don't feel as though anything is done, I promise you. We take a deep breath and then Saturday it's Southampton."

While the result appears to have tightened Liverpool's hold on this season's title, it intensifies the pressure on the Hammers at the bottom.

David Moyes' side now sit 17th in the table, just above Bournemouth and Watford on goal difference.

Backed by vociferous crowd inside London Stadium, the hosts started in a determined fashion and limited Liverpool to few chances until Issa Diop's foul on Divock Origi allowed Salah to put the visitors ahead from a penalty and their first shot on target.

And while Manuel Lanzini's scuffed close-range shot and Robert Snodgrass' hurried effort represented good opportunities for the hosts, Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal ensured a comfortable conclusion to the evening for Klopp's side, who could have scored again when Salah hit the post from 18 yards.

"They're as good as there's been around," Moyes said. "It's very difficult when you've been manager of Everton and Manchester United to say that but Liverpool are an excellent side."

Moyes' miserable run continues

For just over 30 minutes at least, West Ham gave manager Moyes hope that he could improve on his miserable record against Liverpool.

While his side fulfilled its first brief, to largely stifle their seemingly unstoppable opponents by remaining compact and deep, they offered little beyond that and looked vulnerable whenever they attacked.

And they were eventually punished when Diop was caught slightly out of position to bring down Origi.

From that moment it seemed unlikely that 56-year-old Moyes would avoid a 17th top-flight defeat to the Reds - with the Scot having now won just three times in 28 attempts.

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West Ham 0-2 Liverpool: We didn't take our chances - Moyes

Despite Moyes' generally concerned demeanour, there were bright spots for West Ham, who recently posted financial losses of £27.3m and stressed that retaining their Premier League status is "an absolute necessity".

Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Ngakia caught the eye on his debut for the club and showed that their is life beyond veteran full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

The academy product settled after displaying early nerves and played a superb pass for Lanzini to run on to during the first half as he grew into the occasion.

Efficient Liverpool win again

It is now almost impossible to ignore the huge gap at the top of the Premier League between Liverpool and their rivals that this victory only served to enhance.

But if you were, it would be the manner of this Liverpool victory that suggests they appear certainties to win the Premier League.

Like in recent victories against Tottenham, Manchester United and Wolves, Klopp's side were far from their best.

While they dominated possession they showed little end product until Salah's penalty but it was still good enough to deliver a 23rd victory from 24 matches - taking them to 70 points before January is out.

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West Ham 0-2 Liverpool: The title is not yet won - Jurgen Klopp

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were barely troubled in defence while Jordan Henderson provided a controlling presence in midfield.

At times it appeared as though they were playing within themselves, until the moment arose for an incisive break forward, where their greater quality really showed.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's right-foot strike into the bottom left corner was the perfect demonstration, with Henderson initiating the move from a West Ham corner before Salah's superb outside of the boot pass bisected a couple of home defenders to send the England midfielder through on goal.

Klopp's side have now beaten every team in the Premier League this season at least once and were serenaded from the field by the club's jubilant and expectant fans at the final whistle.

Man of the match - Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson set the tone for Liverpool, playing more passes (139) and having the best passing accuracy of any player (94%)

Klopp's milestone - the stats

  • Liverpool have gone 41 Premier League games without defeat (W36 D5) - the third longest such run in English top-flight history behind Arsenal (49 in Oct 2004) and Nottingham Forest (42 in Nov 1978).
  • Liverpool have won their last 15 Premier League games - only the fourth occasion of a team winning 15+ consecutive English top-flight games (Manchester City 18 in December 2017, Liverpool 17 in October 2019 and City 15 in August 2019).
  • Liverpool have won 70 points from just 24 games in the Premier League this season - the quickest any English top-flight side has ever reached this total.
  • Jurgen Klopp registered his 150th victory as Liverpool manager in all competitions (W150 D58 L39).
  • Against no side has West Ham manager David Moyes lost more Premier League games than versus Liverpool (17 - level with Arsenal).
  • West Ham have lost six of their last nine Premier League games at London Stadium (W1 D2).
  • Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored more Premier League goals versus West Ham United than against any other side (3).
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in seven goals in five Premier League games against West Ham (5 goals, 2 assists).

What's next?

Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday 1 February (15:00 GMT). West Ham host Brighton in their next Premier League game, also on Saturday (15:00).

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 52Ngakia
  • 23DiopBooked at 34mins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 26Masuaku
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 41Rice
  • 16NobleBooked at 43mins
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forFornalsat 69'minutes
  • 22Haller

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 18Fornals
  • 20Soares Cardoso
  • 27Ajeti
  • 35Randolph

Liverpool

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forKeitaat 77'minutes
  • 12Gomez
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forJonesat 85'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 11Salah
  • 9Firmino
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forFabinhoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 6Lovren
  • 8Keita
  • 13Adrián
  • 18Minamino
  • 32Matip
  • 48Jones
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
59,959

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Liverpool 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Liverpool 2.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Alisson.

Attempt saved. Declan Rice (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Naby Keita (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Naby Keita replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan Rice (West Ham United).

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Attempt saved. Declan Rice (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Fabinho replaces Divock Origi.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals replaces Manuel Lanzini.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Attempt missed. Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Alisson.

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 0, Liverpool 2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah following a fast break.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Declan Rice with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.

Second Half

Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Liverpool 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, West Ham United 0, Liverpool 1.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 29th January 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool24231056154170
2Man City24163565273851
3Leicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Man Utd249783629734
6Tottenham249783832634
7Wolves2481063532334
8Sheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham2465132740-1323
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich2445152447-2317
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